On Friday, the MDHHS issued a new Gatherings and Mask Order to bring Michigan in line with CDC guidance issued Thursday regarding the use of facial coverings. Under the order, Michiganders who are outdoors will no longer need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. While indoors, fully vaccinated Michiganders will no longer need to wear a mask, but residents who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask or face covering to protect themselves and others. This includes unvaccinated individuals ages 5 and up with a good faith effort required for 2- to 5-year-olds.
While the wearing of masks for fully vaccinated individuals has been made optional by this most recent order, the CDC recommends schools continue to use the current COVID-19 prevention strategies – including mask wearing – for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Principals will want to remember that under MCL 380.11a, schools have broad authority to enforce things like masking rules if they chose to do so. Additionally, Principals should note that MIOSHA Emergency Rules requiring workplace masking for employees have not yet been rescinded and remain in effect through October 14, 2021.
This new order took effect beginning May 15, 2021 at 9 a.m. and will remain in place until July 1, 2021 unless amended or rescinded before then. According to the press release "after July 1, the broad indoor mask mandate will expire."
MASSP will continue to keep members updated as additional information and guidance becomes available.